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Language: Old English
Origin: middel

middle

2 adjective
     
middle2 S1 W2 [only before noun]
1

centre

nearest the centre and furthest from the edge, top, end etc:
driving in the middle lane of the motorway
the middle drawer of the filing cabinet
2

time/event

half of the way through an event or period of time:
They spent the middle part of their vacation in Florida.
the middle part of the day
3

scale/range

between two extreme levels or positions, for example between the best and worst, the biggest and smallest etc:
a car in the middle price range
the middle ranks of the army
a middle-income family
4

in your middle twenties/thirties etc

TMC about 25, 35 etc years old
5

middle brother/child/daughter etc

the brother etc who is between the oldest and the youngest
6

middle course/way etc

a way of dealing with something that is between two opposite and often extreme ways
middle course/way etc between
The party is seeking to find a middle way between extreme right-wing and left-wing policies.
I try to steer a middle course between keeping control of the project and giving responsibility to others.
7

Middle English/French etc

SLL an old form of English, French etc, used in the Middle Ages (=between 1100 and 1500 AD)

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